Pictures from JJ

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Barack Obama shakes hands with supporters following his speech.

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The light was so great when the event started.

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Hillary Clinton.

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Jim Neal.

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Your standard Obama shot. Just wanted one of my own.

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Jerry Meek (For the record, I'm proud of our Chairman, but really like this picture because of the green background.)

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Pat Smathers as I always seem to see him.

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More O.

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This guy was dressed in the most perfect little seersucker suit. He was taking pictures with his Mom's cell phone. He was approximately three feet tall and so we put him up on a chair. I was using my big lens so I had to lay on the floor to get far enough away from him to get this shot.

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Hillary.

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terrific pictures Frank.

I spied you sauntering around on the floor before the start of the event. I tried to wave and wave, but every time I did, people around me just shouted, "OBAMA, OBAMA!!!"

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

Yeah, I looked all over for you Linda!

I was wondering who was inspiring all the Obama fervor.

I wish I had known

you were there.

Lovex7

Promoted b/c these are so wonderful

they are beautiful...simply beautiful.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Nice shots

I took some shots of kids, too. The looks on their faces were priceless.

One little boy I saw as I was leaving was devastated - huge crocodile tears - that he had not gotten to meet Obama. So cute.

Here's one I got of Obama.:

"Hampton Dellinger WILL be a great Lieutenant Governor." - Al Gore.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

This little girl has her priorities in order

and her brother was the one who wanted to meet Obama. He tapped me on the arm "Mister... mister? Where's Obama?"

"Hampton Dellinger WILL be a great Lieutenant Governor." - Al Gore.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

Too cute

Glad to see them getting involved so early in the game.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I could use Katie's help with my captions.

We had a long talk about the future of photojournalism at the BBBash.

Remind her not to get lazy when it comes to the writing part of the job (like I do).

I'll let her know

She is a not-so-happy mood because her new braces hurt and she isn't eating. Two days with them and she hates them. Sigh. She will love your pictures, though.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I really love watching people interact with his campaign

Did you notice how the entire catering staff stopped working while he was speaking?

I had a great talk with Walter Dellinger, BTW. Truly great, nice guy.

Did notice that.

I also noticed that there were a large number of folks down front (big donors and legislators, etc.) at the dinner tables closest to the stage who stood up when Obama walked out and remained standing throughout his speech. I'm not real experienced with these sorts of political dinners and affairs, but I can't remember ever seeing that happen before. I'm curious as to whether or not that was as usual as it seems to me. Any thoughts from the more experienced politicos among us?

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I noticed

and thought it unusual, too. In fact, I was kind of astonished, because I saw Speaker Hackney moving, rather quickly, among that crowd toward the stage. Very unusual for that guy. I was impressed.

In fact, I still get goose bumps remember the surge of that crowd, in movement and in sheer emotional outpouring when Obama took the stage.

We were all Democrats in that building. Of course, once we got out of Dorton Arena and were trying to exit, we all became either pedestrians or motorists -- and resumed the roles of wanting to kill and curse one another. Ok, maybe it was just me. But since my Dad was in the car I was patient with the people who kept throwing themselves in my path.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

Hackney? wow.

Thanks, Bru. Astonished and goose bumps are perfect terms for what I was feeling, too. But I totally get what those up front were feeling when they moved up. My poor little feets (and other parts of my rapidly-approaching-middle-age body) were killing me!! after almost three hours at the front gate, but I couldn't help standing and cheering as well.

Had to write to my son about it this morning. heh heh. Poor kid. ;) He's going to be so jealous. I'm interested to see how involved he'll get in the campaign (and the Party) in the fall. He'll be home in July. Yay!!

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Overheard:

I was crouched down in front of a high ranking party official during Hillary's speech and overheard him talking on his cell phone:

"Yeah, I was wondering if when Senator Obama comes out if there's any way to keep people from standing up front like that. We've got people who have paid ten thousand dollars for these tables..."

It happened briefly during Clinton, but with Obama, it was seriously three or four squealing, well dressed Democrats deep up front.

Older people. People who know better. People who just couldn't help themselves.

In the stands

It was like a rock concert. And I was glad for that, because I was right with them, jumping up and down, screaming, and I'm not sure, but I think I may have "shot the horns" a couple of times. People around me were just about exploding. The woman in front of me started crying.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

Oh Linda, you rock star, you.

Don't feel so bad, a woman at the Obama GOTV rally in Charlotte yesterday actually fainted. Obama played it silky smooth, and gave her his water off the stage.

I'm terribly upset I couldn't make it to JJ like I had planned. I got stuck here in the Charlotte area, and couldn't brave the trek in time. I was thinking last night that we should really plan a big event before the GE. Kinda like the Blogger Bash meets JJ. Somewhat formal and fancy and publicized, but with all of us regular BlueNC assholes. It'd be glorious.

I was one of those people

It was cool.

I actually spilled my beer on the Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court.

Career Limiting Gesture.

"Hampton Dellinger WILL be a great Lieutenant Governor." - Al Gore.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

smooth move

hope you never come in front of her

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

Leslie, and you were there too??

Bummer.

Lovex7

I know.

Two perfect opportunities to hang out and talk to people -- or at least hug and say hello -- in as many weeks and I keep pretty much blowing it! :(

But hey, there's district conventions coming up and then the state convention and ... hhhmmmm .... has anyone thought about doing a BlueNC hospitality suite? Is that ever done?

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Thought about it

back in 2006 after I went to the convention. Didn't take it much further than thinking about it, though.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Hey!!

I was one of those people sitting at a table on the floor and I'm not important. I was standing and cheering tho' and so were all the people at my table. My sister-in-law was out of town so I got to be my brother's date.

Lovex7

What a nice date!

....and your brother is not half bad either. hehehe

After the primary I hope your brother will have time for a chat.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Not important.

Are you kidding me? You're plenty important, Love!

Wish I could have stuck around to say hello, jibber-jabber and be politely sociable with all the folks on the floor, but I was so wiped out by the time the program was over I didn't even think about it -- put my auto-pilot on "home/bed" and headed in the direction of my car.

Is it getting time for another BlueNC women's Saturday thing yet?

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Let's not forget Bev!

From my bleacher seats...





Yeah pics!!

Nice to see equal time in your photos, Frank! Of course, I also have to thank him from keeping me safe from some Obama-ramas after the event:

Obama-rama hippie teens: Didn't you just loooooove Obama?
Me: Um, he was okay
Frank: Hey, we got mixed company here
Obama-rama hippie teen: What? How could you just not looooove it??!!
Me: It was all right. Thought he went a little long.
OHT: Long is good!
Me: ...
Frank: Well, we'd better be going!

I got a call from someone that I was on the channel 11 (WTVD) live feed, so that was cool. I was sitting in the back tables, a table or two away from the cameras. It was a good event (whine: food portions were too small, and really prefer it back at the N. Raleigh Hilton), glad everyone could come.

You could have taken those girls, Capt.

At the very least you could have dropped that 300 pound box of Besse yard signs on them.

Oh GEEZ Capt! (and many thanks FRANK)

Let's not mince words here, the food was AWFUL.

Those pictures are beautiful, Frank -- especially the one of the little boy and the one of Meek.

I'm sorry that I missed the chance to meet you and Capt and Leslie and Linda and Persondem and DanB and whomever else from this blog who was there.

I saw Greg and his lovely wife, and explained to her that I was the wicked witch (something like that) of the blog. She said something like "oh, no, I'm sure you're not!" and I said, "Ask Greg," who was very diplomatic and gentlemanly and demurred (and filled her in later I reckon).

Another point Obama got for graciousness (speaking of Greg) was that he congratulated Easley on his two terms.

I was actually very proud of both candidates, and, as I said earlier, begrudgingly admiring of Easley's performance.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

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